• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6330

Brett, Lily

(1946 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1946, Germany
  • Occupation Author, Novelist, Poet


Lily Brett’s family migrated to Melbourne in 1948 after her parents, Max and Rose, survived the Holocaust. During the 1960s Lily wrote for the rock magazine Go-Set and in 1989 she moved to New York.

Lily has published seven novels, eight volumes of poetry and four collections of essays. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 1987 for The Auschwitz poems (1986).

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Lily Brett, circa 1946-2007 [manuscript]
  • Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
    • Lily Brett manuscript collection 1969-1999
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Lily Brett, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals].